This program investigate the functions and mechanisms of major systems of the human body and studies the effects and mode of action of drugs which modify major body systems.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will learn the functions and mechanisms of major systems in the human body, and how these functions are modified by chemical actions. You will study the properties of chemical compounds in relation to their interactions with living organisms and examine the basis for the discovery and study of drug actions either as therapeutic agents or as tools in physiological research.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
MATH 125* Mathematics for the Life Sciences
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture

Winter Term
CHEM 115 General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
PHYS 117* Physics for the Life Sciences
STAT 245* Introduction to Statistical Methods
PSY 120* Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology
PHIL 120* Knowledge Mind and Existence

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

BIOL 224: Animal Body Systems
Will study the problems all animals overcome in order to survive and reproduce, and the different body systems that must deal with both unique and common environmental challenges.

PHPY 302: Human Physiology Transport Systems
This course begins with an introduction to the physiology of the muscle types powering the respiratory pump, the heart and controlling the distribution of blood, before moving to a study of the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems.

PHPY 405: Advances in Cardio Respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology
Advances in cardio-respiratory physiology and pharmacology will be discussed. Students will analyze and present current research literature. Examples of disorders such as tissue hypoxia or hypertension will be used to illustrate alterations in neural regulation, signal transduction pathways and to identify current and future therapeutic interventions.

This program provides the strongest foundation for those considering applying to Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Nursing, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Speech Language Pathology and other health care-related professional programs.

The Physiology and Pharmacology Program is unique in Western North America; there is only one other similar program offered in Canada.

Hands-on experience
You will receive a comprehensive education of both physiology and pharmacology along with hands-on experience in experimental techniques. 


Preparation for Health Science Professional Programs and Graduate Studies: Physiology and Pharmacology B.Sc. programs provide an excellent foundation in the Biomedical Sciences for students seeking subsequent admission into health science professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, chiropractic, veterinary medicine and optometry. Physiology and Pharmacology B.Sc. program graduates are also well qualified to progress into more advanced biomedical research training in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels at various academic institutions worldwide.

Other careers: (Note that some of the following positions may require further education or qualifications, depending on the hiring institution and the jurisdiction in which the position is found).

Research and Lab Positions: A variety of technical positions are available in academia (e.g., universities and colleges), industry (e.g. biotechnology, private research firms, biomedical supply, and pharmaceutical companies), government (e.g. agricultural and food agencies and police forensic laboratories), and the healthcare system (e.g. medical labs).

Communications: Physiology and Pharmacology studies may lead to a career in technical writing for textbooks and/or government and industry reports

Business: Physiology and Pharmacology graduates may obtain sales, consulting, or management positions in science-related private sector companies such as pharmaceutical and biomedical supply firms.

Regulatory/Law: Physiology and Pharmacology graduates may be employed by regulatory bodies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration to develop government policies and procedures.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,608 $18,040
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,055 $20,487

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Physiology and Pharmacology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2020
Dec 1, 2019
Documents due: Dec 15, 2019
Sep 1, 2019
Documents due: Oct 1, 2019
May 2020
Apr 1, 2020
Documents due: May 1, 2020
Feb 1, 2020
Documents due: Mar 1, 2020
July 2020
May 1, 2020
Documents due: Jun 1, 2020
Mar 1, 2020
Documents due: Apr 1, 2020
September 2020
Aug 15, 2020
Documents due: Aug 15, 2020
May 1, 2020
Documents due: Jun 1, 2020
January 2021
Dec 1, 2020
Documents due: Dec 15, 2020
Sep 1, 2020
Documents due: Oct 1, 2020

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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